WHAT ARE COOKIES?
your user experience by enabling that website to remember
you, either for the duration of your visit (using a session
cookie) or for repeat visits (using a persistent cookie).
Cookies do lots of different jobs, like letting you navigate between
pages efficiently, storing your preferences, and generally improving
your experience of a website. Cookies make the interaction between
you and the website faster and easier. If a website doesnt
move to a new page on the site for example, when you enter
your login details and move to another page it wont recognise
you and it wont be able to keep you logged in.
advertising or marketing messages based for example, on your location
and/or browsing habits; or to track the effectiveness of their advert
on certain domains. Advertising cookies also track the number of
clicks on an ad and it's location so that the correct commissions
can be paid to their affiliates. By refusing these cookies you may
be denying an income to the people who work to promote these ads.
Cookies may be set by the website you are visiting (first
party cookies) or they may be set by other websites who run
content on the page you are viewing (third party cookies).
build for our customers and clients. A cookie is a text file sent
by a web server to a web browser, and stored by the browser within
the browser files on your computer. The text file is then sent back
to the server each time that the browser requests a page from the
server. This enables the web server to identify and track the web
Most browsers allow you to refuse to accept cookies. For example,
in Internet Explorer you can refuse all cookies by clicking "Tools",
"Internet Options", "Privacy", and selecting
"Block all cookies" using the sliding selector. This will,
however, have a negative impact upon the usability of many websites,
including this one and those we design for our customers and clients.
We use Google Analytics to analyse the use of some pages of our
websites. Google Analytics generates statistical and other information
about website use by means of cookies, which are stored on users'
computers. The information generated relating to our website is
used to create reports about the use of the website. Google will
THE COOKIES WE USE
Membersip Logins - Once you are logged into one of our membership
websites, the cookie will be able to keep you logged in as you browse
the site. Once you leave the site, this cookie is deleted by the
browser unless you have opted to save or remember your login details.
Shopping Carts, Subscription Forms and Order Forms - Order
forms and Subscription forms do not generally save cookies, they
simply send the data that you entered directly to the webmaster
or owner of the business so that they can send you more information,
or prepare your order. Subscription forms also send information
requied by the anti-spam laws as evidence of your request for more
information. This will be data such as your IP address, the date
you registered, and the method you used to sign up. Shopping carts
the store. They may also save the goods in your cart after you leave
the store so that they are still there when you return at a later
Advertising - The banners and ads we display on our sites
do not save any personal information. They merely track the number
of times they are displayed and clicked upon so that our advertisers
and affiliates can get statistics on how well their ads are performing
in relation to the number of times they are displayed. These statistics
are made avilable to them either through the website's admin panel,
or from the data sent to their domains by the server.
Social Networking - Cookies are used by the social networks
to gather information for their users regarding their likes and
shares. Many users and websites are now linked via their social
networking preferences. Embedded content from YouTube, for instance,
that a lot of our clients use on their websites will use third party
TYPES OF COOKIES
First party cookies - are set by the website you are visiting
and they can only be read by that site.
Third party cookies - are set by a different organisation
to the owner of the website you are visiting. For example, the website
might use a third party analytics company who will set their own
cookie to perform this service. The website you are visiting may
also contain content embedded from, for example YouTube or Flickr,
and these sites may set their own cookies.
More significantly, a website might use a third party advertising
network to deliver targeted advertising on their website. These
may also have the capability to track your browsing across different
Session cookies - are stored only temporarily during a browsing
session and are deleted from the users device when the browser
Persistent cookies - are saved on your computer for a fixed
period (usually a year or longer) and are not deleted when the browser
is closed. Persistent cookies are used where we need to know who
you are for more than one browsing session. For example, we use
this type of cookie to store your preferences, so that they are
remembered for the next visit. Our store pages may also use these
to track customers repeat purchases so that the original affiliate
that referred you can be paid their comissions.
Flash cookies - Many websites use Adobe Flash Player to
deliver video and game content to their users. Adobe utilise their
own cookies, which are not manageable through your browser settings
but are used by the Flash Player for similar purposes, such as storing
preferences or tracking users.
Flash Cookies work in a different way to web browser cookies (the
othercookie types listed above are all set via your browser); rather
than having individual cookies for particular jobs, a website is
restricted to storing all data in one cookie. You can control how
much data can be stored in that cookie but you cannot choose what
type of information is allowed to be stored.
More information can be found at these two websites:-